5 Michael Essien | 14 Kevin De Bruyne | 16 Thibaut Courtois | 18 Romelu Lukaku | 20 Josh McEachran | 27 Sam Hutchinson | 31 Gaël Kakuta | 35 Lucas Piazón | 38 Patrick van Aanholt | 43 Jeffrey Bruma | Thorgan Hazard | Nathaniel Chalobah | Tomáš Kalas | Kenneth Omeruo | Wallace
Players to be sold:
Out on Loan:
|McEachran: Not yet ready|
Although he did quite well with Middlesbrough, Josh McEachran won't have a chance of breaking into the starting XI, especially with Oriol Romeu coming back from injury and one of the purchases I am about to make (see below). The best option for him is to go out on loan, if possible, to a Premier league club (maybe one of the newly promoted ones) which can guarantee him atleast the occasional start.
Sam Hutchinson may have created one of those emotional stories by coming out of retirement, but he still needs to develop. Patrick van Aanholt still has to impress, although I liked his free-kick abilities and I guess another season at Vitesse is necessary.
|Piazon: The next Kaka?|
After watching his lukewarm performance against United in the League Cup, Lucas Piazón did relatively well in Malaga, getting a little bit of European exposure in the process too! That makes me believe he could do really well with another season with the same club, if they are willing to take him.
Thorgan Hazard has absolutely no chance of featuring in the starting XI and a loan would be far better than playing in the reserves.
The towering Czech Tomáš Kalas has shown great promise during his loan to Vitesse and another loan to the same club would help his development.
Nathaniel Chalobah became an integral part of the Watford team, which narrowly missed qualification. With Watford low on players (as they had over ten players on loan last season), they would be keen to take Chalobah for another year.
Brazilian full back Wallace is yet to play for Chelsea after being signed in the last transfer window. Some experience in the European continent would be good before he starts his spell with Chelsea.
Notable players not to be sold/loaned:
|Fernando Torres: Another Chance?|
Thibaut Courtois: With the contracts of Hilario and Turnbull expiring, there would not be a better chance to welcome this young talent to the club. Because of the fact that Hilario or Turnbull are nowhere near the level of Cech, it is the Czech stopper who gets most of the games. Bringing in Courtois would give him the chances to impress, easing some pressure off Cech in the process.
|Loved by Blues; Hated by Reds! He STAYS!|
Kenneth Omeruo: Although he doesn't have a single appearance for Chelsea, his performances in the AfCoN was enough to convince me of his abilities! He stays!
|Spoiling Alex Ferguson's last game: Like a sir!|
Requirements:With Lukaku, Torres and Ba leading the line, there is no need for a proper center forward. What we do require is a proper no-nonsense defense, which makes scoring against Chelsea almost impossible. Another requirement is a right winger, with no one in Chelsea having that as a first preference. Also, Lampard getting no younger, we need a player who can successfully take over his role at the club.
TOTAL AMOUNT SPENT: £98 million - £46 million = £52 million
Conclusion:First, we let go of the ones who have no place in the future or who want to leave (Essien, Mikel, de Bruyne, Bruma, Kakuta), along with the ones with expiring contracts(Benayoun, Turnbull, Ferriera, Hilario).
We let the potential stars go out on loan (Kalas, Chalobah, Piazon, kiddy Hazard, Wallace). Marin should be given a chance before selling him, but only once he has found some form. So, he goes out on loan too.
We let Omeruo, Lukaku and Courtois stay and make an impression.